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President Obama introducing special TV broadcast of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

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There are few films that stir the heart and soul more than the 1962 classic To Kill A Mockingbird. To commemorate the Oscar-winning film’s 50th anniversary, President Barack Obama will introduce a special broadcast of a restored and digitally remastered print of the film on USA at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday, April 7.

Starring Gregory Peck as the heroically decent Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch, and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, the film will air with limited commercial interruption.

In a rare public statement, Lee said she was “deeply honored” that President Obama would be participating in celebrating the film. READ FULL STORY

Michelle Obama to appear on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'

NBC announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will appear as a guest on The Tonight Show on Tuesday, Jan. 31. While Mrs. Obama has appeared on The Tonight Show before, it will mark her first time visiting as the First Lady. (Her previous appearance was on Oct. 27, just days before Barack Obama was elected the President of the United States.)

Mrs. Obama, who has become something of a familiar face on television lately, will be on hand to discuss, among other things, her ongoing “Let’s Move” campaign and her upcoming book about her artificial grass garden on the South Lawn of the White House.

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Michelle Obama visits 'iCarly' on Jan. 16 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The gang at iCarly have gotten into some high-level high jinks over the years, but this time it’s going all the way up to the White House. Yes, the First Lady herself, Michelle Obama, will guest-star on an episode of the hit Nickelodeon sitcom airing Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.

What exactly brings President Obama’s better half to Seattle? When Carly’s dad, an Air Force colonel, can’t make it home for his birthday celebration, Carly’s friends set up a webcast so Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) can communicate with him at a military base. With a few Secret Service agents in tow (including one played by… Saturday Night Live’s Taran Killam!), Mrs. Obama surprises Carly and Co. to commend them for supporting military families (as part of the First Lady’s Joining Forces initiative). The kids invite her to appear on iCarly, and not only does she oblige, she even engages in some random dancing. Below, you can sneak a peak at a clip featuring the First Lady, a.k.a. “Your Excellency.” READ FULL STORY

President Obama to sit down with Jay Leno

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President Obama will have a late night chat with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show next week. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer says in a tweet that Obama will be on the show Tuesday. Obama will be traveling on the West Coast next week, raising money for his re-election bid and trying to boost public support for his jobs bill.

This will be Obama’s fourth time on Leno’s show. He made two appearances as a presidential candidate. His last appearance was in March 2009, shortly after taking office. NBC, which airs Leno’s show, said at the time that Obama was the first sitting president ever to appear on The Tonight Show.

Hank Williams Jr. apologizes for Obama-is-Hitler remark, again, with Some creative Capitalization

Hank Williams Jr. has already apologized for equating President Obama to Hitler on Fox & Friends, but the country singer just reiterated his sentiments with an apology message posted to his personal website.

The note makes liberal use of unnecessary capitalization, possibly for emphasis, but probably mostly because, as he says at the end, “This was Not written by some Publicist.”

Here’s the statement from Hank Williams Jr.: READ FULL STORY

Hank Williams Jr. pulled from ESPN after comparing Obama to Hitler

You may be ready for football, but ESPN is not ready to let Hank Williams Jr. open tonight’s game after his incendiary comment about President Obama on Fox News.

The country singer criticized the president’s recent “golf summit” with Republican House Speaker John Boehner. The singer told Fox & Friends that the meeting “would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli leader] Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Williams’ voice is famously used to open Monday Night Football, asking viewers “are you ready for some football?” ESPN released this statement: READ FULL STORY

MSNBC suspends Mark Halperin for Obama remark

MSNBC took immediate action today by suspending senior political analyst Mark Halperin after he used a vulgarity to describe President Obama during today’s Morning JoeHalperin was addressing President Obama’s Wednesday press briefing with host Joe Scarborough when he asked, “Are we on the seven-second delay?” Assuming that he could speak freely, he then said, “I thought he was a d–k yesterday.” Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

President Obama on Weinergate: 'If it was me, I would resign'

It’s one thing for the political opposition to call for your resignation after a sex scandal, but Anthony Weiner, the married New York congressman who tweeted racy pictures of himself to various women on the web, is running out of friends. Several powerful Democrats previously called for Weiner to step down, and on Today this morning, the President himself told Ann Curry that “If it was me, I would resign.”

President Obama was there to discuss the sluggish economy, but to no one’s surprise, Curry led with the Weiner scandal. Obama seemed prepared and well aware that his verdict might well doom the congressman, who intends to return to his duties after seeking rehabilitation help. “When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can’t serve as effectively as you need to, at the time when people are worrying about jobs, and their mortgages, and paying the bills — then you should probably step back,’’ Obama said. Take a look at the interview. READ FULL STORY

Obama's speech on Osama bin Laden outdraws Royal Wedding, recent policy addresses

President Obama’s speech Sunday night announcing the death of Osama bin Laden drew twice as many viewers as last week’s Royal Wedding and outpaced his recent policy addresses.

Despite being hastily scheduled and a late hour on the East Coast, the President’s telecast was watched by 56.5 million viewers.

That’s more than Obama’s recent scheduled and promoted primetime addresses, such as March 28’s speech on Libya (25.6 million) and his August speech on Iraq (29.2 million), as well as more than doubling the audience of the supremely hyped, though early a.m., Royal Wedding (22.8 million). The networks carrying the address included ABC, CBS, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNN, Fox News Channel, HLN and MSNBC.

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President Obama to appear on a final 'Oprah' episode

This should make for a good episode of Behind the Scenes on OWN: Harpo Prods. has confirmed that President Obama will appear in one of the final episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

He’ll tape his episode with the Queen of Daytime at Harpo Studios on April 27;  it’ll air May 2. The First Lady is also expected to make an appearance.

Winfrey’s final talk show will air on May 25.

Bill O'Reilly, President Obama to kick off Super Bowl with pregame interview

Obama-OReillyImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos; Donna Svennevik/ABC/GettyYou won’t have to wait until the Super Bowl to see what could be the year’s fiercest face-off. Fox News bigwig Bill O’Reilly is set to interview President Barack Obama during the Super Bowl pregame, which is airing on Fox Feb. 6. This will be the first time the duo has chat since Obama appeared on O’Reilly’s program during his 2008 presidential run, and the president has since been vocal about Fox News’ supposed right-leaning bias. (“I’ve got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration,” Obama told CNBC during a 2009 interview.) This is the second year in a row that Obama will be interviewed prior to the Super Bowl; last year, Katie Couric sat down with the commander-in-chief before the New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts.

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